Doswell: Get behind Sutton United’s ambition
Sutton United boss Paul Doswell wants the fans to get behind the club’s ambition and roar them to the Skrill South play-offs – or even higher.
He is also demanding a much better start to the season than last year.
After a disappointing pre-season in terms of results – comprising one win in seven – United open their campaign this weekend with a trip to Eastleigh, a club Doswell managed for four years.
Last term, United had to wait until the 10th game of the season for their first win, something Doswell is desperate to avoid this time around.
He said: “We have five games to the end of August and we have challenged the players to get at least 10 points out of 15.
“Eastleigh is going to be a tough opener, they will be the team to beat this season and, if we lose, then I don’t mind too much as long as we get that points target.
“We have Staines and Bishop’s Stortford at home straight after, and I know we have the players to take them on.
“The lads are eager to get going, we all are. It has been a long pre-season with a lot of football.”
That pre-season ended with a 2-0 defeat at divisional rivals Farnborough, but Doswell is unconcerned that a losing mentality will be taken into the season’s curtain raiser.
Doswell said: “The last pre-season game before the new season is always a slow affair, and the Farnborough game was turgid. I think everyone was keen to just get the season started.
“We were without Ali Fuseini, Marvin Williams and Jamie Slabber – although all three have returned to training – which did not help.”
Goal machine: Paul Doswell is hoping Jamie slabber will recreate his goal-scoring talents that saw him score 28 goals for Chelmsford last season
Although his new striking partnership of Slabber and Jamie Taylor is yet to find any length of time on the pitch, Doswell said their signatures are a sign that the club is going all out for success this term.
And it is not just this season that is important, with the club hoping to develop its facilities and progress up the leagues in the years to come.
“We have shown real ambition over the summer and I hope that the fans come through the gates and support the players,” Doswell said.
“We had the Premier League teams here, we have signed quality players in the two Jamies, Mitchell Nelson and Dale Binns.
“We are looking to develop and progress as a club and we cannot do that without the support of fans.
“We also need that support this year because there a handful of clubs who will believe they can get into the play-offs, clubs such as Ebbsfleet and Dover Athletic. “And that is not even to mention Eastleigh.”
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